You may have dry hair or hair with other problems, and then you may envy those having silky, shiny hair. But understand that our body has a system comprising of sebaceous (oil) glands that release sebum which moisturizes our hair and keep it smooth and silky. When this system fails due to underactive sebaceous glands due to age or genetics, our hair starts losing moisture and silkiness. Other factors like overstyling, treatments and overwashing are also responsible for dry hair. However, by knowing your hair type and dryness or moisture level, you can moisturize your hair with natural moisturizers. Earth’s Wisdom will today tell you how.
Curly hair is the most vulnerable to dryness because sebum releasing from your scalp takes longer to spread throughout the hair strands due to their curliness. Plus, if you wash them or style them excessively, matters may become even worse. Deep moisturizing shampoos and conditioners can treat dry, curly hair. Make sure the ingredient list includes plant oils, such as:
These ingredients help seal in moisture. You can even use them on their own in a hair mask once a week.
For thick hair turned from dry to coarse, again a deep moisturizing treatment is effective. Here shea butter works well due to its high fatty acid and antioxidant content. Here too, a weekly hair mask can work well to restore moisture.
Fine hair is less vulnerable to dryness because sebum can quickly spread throughout the entire hair strand. However, even fine hair can become dry if you wash it too frequently, or use hair dye or heated tools. You should use a lightweight shampoo and conditioner designed for fine hair.
It’s also a good idea to moisturize only the tips of the hair. Applying conditioner on scalp that is already oily can weigh your hair down. Natural remedies for moisturizing fine hair include lavender and jojoba oils.
Mature and gray hair has higher chances to become dry due to the natural aging process in which activity of sebaceous glands slows down.
This loss can be replenished with a deep moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, together with a leave-in moisturizing spray. Lowering the frequency of washing your hair in a week can also prevent excessive dryness.
While applying a moisturizing mask or conditioner, you should first work the product on the tips of your hair and work upwards to the middle of your strands. Your scalp doesn’t need application of moisturizer unless it’s extremely dry.
Also, moisturizers should be applied on wet hair only because this will enable your strands absorb the product properly. Some leave-in and daily conditioners can be used every day; however, you shouldn’t fail to use a deeper one once in a week.
To get the best results, leave oils or hair mask on your hair for at least 20 minutes. Then rinse using only cool or lukewarm water. Hot water tends to damage hair and cause dryness.
The underlying cause of dry hair is lack of sebum. You may be prone to dry hair if you have a naturally drier scalp because of genetics or if your sebaceous glands produce less sebum due to environment and age.
Curliness and length of hair can also cause dryness because sebum takes longer to get spread on the strand till the tips of hair.
Dry hair may be cured within one treatment; but you may even have to make many attempts to see noticeable changes. Lifestyle changes can also help maximize and speed up the results.
If natural treatments are not working for you, you should consult your stylist who may recommend you a professional product. Or you may consult a dermatologist for medical advice.
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